Breast care program
Liz Elliott, RN, OCN, CBCN, CBPN-IC
Breast Care Navigator, MCC
Liz Elliott, RN, OCN who has more than 20 years experience as a cancer nurse and was recently recognized by Enhancement, Inc. for her outstanding service to the Central Coast breast cancer community, is a specially trained Breast Cancer nurse. Liz serves as an educator, advocate and guide for every breast cancer patient of Mission Hope Cancer Center as well as their families. She will serve as a liaison between you, your doctors, and your family, knowing first hand that your well being and peace of mind are as important as your treatment.
Breast cancer can be frightening. But with the Marian Breast Care Program at Mission Hope Cancer Center, you're not alone. The Breast Care Program's Nurse Navigator guides you through the course of treating breast cancer, from prevention to post-treatment. Patients receive crucial, individual education and support by an experienced cancer nurse from the time of biopsy throughout the course of treatment. Also, services are offered in counseling, genetic testing, nutritional support, exercise and prevention and management of lymphedema. To speak with a cancer nurse, please call 805.346.3405. Learn more about our Breast Care Center.
Marian Breast Imaging Center Receives Prestigious Mammography Services Award for Excellence
This prestigious award is granted by the American College of Radiology to breast imaging facilities that provide the highest practice standards of the radiology profession for quality and safety in stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound, ultrasound-guided breast biopsy and mammography services.
This is good news for our community. At Marian Breast Imaging, we hold ourselves to this higher standard with our on-site radiologist, nurse navigator support, peer review of all biopsy studies and dedicated breast cancer tumor board. You can have confidence knowing that your mammogram will be performed by one of our team of skilled technologists who specialize in breast imaging.
As you may know, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so it is the perfect time to spread the word to all the women in your life about the importance of breast cancer screening. Marian Breast Imaging at Mission Hope Cancer Center is open extended hours (7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) to accommodate most schedules. Please call 805.346.3490 for an appointment.
Do you have questions about breast cancer and/or early detection? Our Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator provides education and support: please call 805.346.3405.
Timing Is Important
If you choose to do a breast self-exam (BSE), it's best to do it the week after your period ends, experts say. Some women's breasts get lumpy, tender, or swollen just before or during menstruation, which can make it difficult to do an accurate self-exam. The American Cancer Society says BSEs are an option for women 20 and older as a means of familiarizing themselves with their breasts so they can notice changes more easily. Talking with your doctor about the benefits and limitations can help you decide if you should start performing BSEs.